The talk presents the work of the artist Samir Khaddaje. It singles out a number of exhibitions, rather installations as he refers to them, and a limited number of artworks that will, by no means, cover khaddaje’s rich and complex personal endeavor.
(Extracted from the Website of Galerie Janine Rubeiz,Click Here)
Samir Khaddaj was born in 1939 in Lebanon. In 1990, he moved to Paris, where he works and lives at present. He held his first exhibition in 1989 in the Carlton Hotel in Beirut. He then held another exhibition aptly titled "Eclats", in 1992, in the exhibition hall of Montreuil, a suburb of Paris, showcasing for the first time his individual representation of Lebanese Civil War. He held different exhibitions in Beirut,at the Carlton Hotel (1989), at the French Cultural Center (1993), an installation-exhibition at Unesco Palace (1999), and an installation-exhibit “Satyricon” in the war-ravaged Dome building in downtown Beirut (2002). In collaboration with Galerie Janine Rubeiz, the artist held his retrospective exhibition at the Beirut Exhibition Center (2011) and presented the show “Mondanites” (2012) at the gallery.
"Samir is a man who has nothing to loose, nothing to gain, nothing to demonstrate, nothing to prove."
Dominique Eddé. L’Orient-Express. Novembre, 1995
Zéna M. Meskaoui is an adjunct faculty at LAU since 2016. She teaches art history and theory since 2003. She has designed, developed and taught a number of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought from the European Graduate School (2015, Switzerland) and a Masters in Art History at Goldsmith College (2000, U.K).
Her research interest lies in the Lebanese and regional artistic production. She is interested in some of the notions relating to war and their relevance in art.